Kerr-Vance's Carrier named coach of East all-stars
On Saturday in Charlotte, David Carrier will relive old memories while helping to establish a new high school basketball tradition in the state.
Carrier, the varsity boys coach at Kerr-Vance, was selected to lead the East team in the inaugural Upward N.C. Private School All-Star Basketball Game. The game will be held at Providence Day School, where Carrier led the Chargers to two N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 3-A state championships.
The boys game is scheduled to tip at 2:30 p.m. inside Mosack Athletic Center, following the girls game at 1 p.m.
Public school players in the state have participated in a separate East-West All-Star game for more than 60 years.
“If you just look at the best players in the state, a large number come from private schools,” said Carrier, who recently wrapped up his eighth season at KVA. “Our kids just never had a chance.”
The most notable player in the independent ranks, Theo Pinson, will not suit up. The North Carolina recruit by way of Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point has other commitments including the McDonald’s All-American Game in April.
Leading the West side is Jerry Faulkner, who served as a head coach in the 2001 McDonald’s All-American Game.
Carrier recalled great battles between his Providence Day teams and Faulkner’s Charlotte Latin squads. Faulkner won nine state titles at Latin in 23 years, amassing more than 700 career wins.
“I’m somewhat embarrassed to be honest with you,” Carrier said of being selected. “There are so many great coaches who are just unbelievable coaches. I know there are a lot of other coaches more worthy than me. It does make feel good that a lot of my peers elected me to do this.”
To his credit, Carrier has more than 350 career wins and spent more than 20 years coaching basketball in the independent ranks.
Longtime KVA assistant coach Bob Walker will join Carrier on the sidelines as an East assistant.
Both rosters are loaded with Division I recruits with some yet to commit like Ravenscroft point guard Chris Corchiani Jr.
Carrier’s East team has three players listed at 6-foot-8 or taller including Lloyd Burgess, a UNC Greensboro recruit out of Christ School near Asheville.
“He’s a post player who knows he’s a post player,” Carrier said of Burgess. “The whole team — there’s just really a lot of good players. And the other team is really loaded as well.”
Carrier, who coached in a Hoop Summit all-star game in 1999, will lead his team through two practices Friday and participate in a community service project before the day concludes with a banquet.
When the game tips off, Carrier says he’ll keep the coaching basic.
“We’ll play man-to-man defense and run the ball up the court, let the guys showcase their talent,” said Carrier. “We just want to play together and hopefully form some friendships that last a long time.”
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